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Hey everyone! Ive been doing lawncare for the past 4 years now working for a company. My boss has been great with teaching me the ins and the outs of mowing. So i have decided its time to try and go out on my own next year and start up a small lawn care business. So any advice or input from anyone would be greatly appreciated! Thanks guys.
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Hey everyone! Ive been doing lawncare for the past 4 years now working for a company. My boss has been great with teaching me the ins and the outs of mowing. So i have decided its time to try and go out on my own next year and start up a small lawn care business. So any advice or input from anyone would be greatly appreciated! Thanks guys.

Don't tell your boss.


Your boss will make everything sound more difficult than it truthfully is - it'll demoralize you to hear.

The labor is the easiest part, the rest is a living nightmare that wont ever go away until you find yourself at the bottom of a bottle of Jack, and that's only a temporary fix.

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My best advice, don't lose touch with the outside world (friends). Starting a company can be a lonely place if it's all you keep on your mind, and if you push people away.

I pushed my entire social life away for this, don't make the same mistake!
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I wouldn't quit if you're making good money. My first year I grossed about $6000. Can you live on $6000?
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haha thanks for the input. But my boss is a nice guy and a family friend and i honestly think hed help me out a little bit. And im sorry to hear that cheese about losing touch with the outside world. But i actually have a couple friends that have some mowing companys of their own so im sure we would always have something to talk about. But thanks again for your input i appreciate it.
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I wouldn't quit if you're making good money. My first year I grossed about $6000. Can you live on $6000?
well the mowing company i work for right now we only work in the late afternoon because my boss works a full time job in the morning...so my plan was still doing that and then starting mine up on the side and doing both for right now and then just planing it by year.
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I think its great you want to start doing it for yourself, just remember that your success depends on you and you alone. If your ready for it then get out there and start busting *** and making cash! Good luck bud
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haha thanks for the input. But my boss is a nice guy and a family friend and i honestly think hed help me out a little bit. And im sorry to hear that cheese about losing touch with the outside world. But i actually have a couple friends that have some mowing companys of their own so im sure we would always have something to talk about. But thanks again for your input i appreciate it.
if you are still working for someone learn your numbers.
what i mean by that;
set up a excel spread sheet with every property on that list.
then put the lot size, and turf sq ft, triming time, blow off time.
how long does it take to spread mulch, plant flats of flowers, weeding ect...
track the time for each one every week.

if possible find out what your boss charges.

you will have an average amount of time required for certain tasks. it will help you a lot with estimating assuming you are using similar machines.

zillow is great for lot size
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well the mowing company i work for right now we only work in the late afternoon because my boss works a full time job in the morning...so my plan was still doing that and then starting mine up on the side and doing both for right now and then just planing it by year.
That's a much better plan than just cutting off the old job and trying to start a new one. What a weird situation where you only work in the late afternoon.

Your boss is going to have to realize that the jobs you've been hired to do take precedence over the jobs he's been hired to do. Making money for you is more important than making money for him. It's just logical sense. He's probably not going to like it though.
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I had a guy that did side jobs work for me before. It wasnt just lawn stuff but handyman jobs. I didnt mind until he borrowed my snow blower to clear driveways and found out he was telling customers he would work for them for what I pay him to work for me.

Your walking a thin line trying to start a business while working for someone in the same field. You should talk it over with your boss before he finds out from someone else.
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well my boss has taught me pretty much everything he knows and hes been mowings lawns for around 13 years or so. He doesnt do any mulching or planting just strickly mowing. and as the pricing goes for mowing he doesnt get to complex about it, he just charges one dollar per minute for how ever long he thinks it will take us to mow the yard. And my friends that mow for a living they do the same thing when it comes to how much to charge per yard. Thats the way my boss has taught me to price yards and it works well for him. and mark what i was getting at if i started doing it on my own i would try and mow in the early mornings and then just go work for my boss in the afternoon so our schedules wouldnt interfere...at least for a little while unless my company took off. Oh and thanks big Al for the encouragement!
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